Course: How to Survey and Study Bats in Woodlands

Field Studies Council

Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon
16th - 18th August 2024

Cost: £275 - 20% Discount for students using the code 'BioStudent20'

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology


Bats are fascinating animals, but very elusive and challenging to study. This beginner-intermediate course will explore the world of bats in woodlands and demonstrate the special techniques required to survey and study them in these key habitats.

Woodlands are the most important habitats for bat conservation, but they are also greatly diminished and under continuing pressure from development. This course will describe and demonstrate the methods used to survey and study bats at woodland sites, with a particular focus on acoustic lures.

This course will cover:

  • A review of the status of British bats in woodlands
  • Introduction and practical demonstration of survey techniques including acoustic monitoring and capture with harp traps, mist nets, and acoustic lures
  • Identifying bats in the hand (capture of bats cannot be guaranteed!)
  • The importance of woodland habitats for bats
  • Gaps in our knowledge and how to fill them

Please note: There is no accommodation or meal facilities included in the price of this course. Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be available. There is a café on-site at The Killerton Estate which will be open during daytime hours. Please ensure you have checked the example timetable to organise meals in line with the approximate break periods each day. In-course transport is not provided. Own transport might be needed to travel to field sites.

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off.

Please refer to our website for further information and to book.


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